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Java Posse #453

Roundup '14 - NoSQL State of the Art Fully formatted shownotes can always be found at Please join us for the Java Posse Roundup UK edition, in Clerkenwell, London, June 10th and 11th 2014 (Right before Devoxx UK). Show More Summary

Stacking Notifications For Android Wear Is This Easy

Today’s post on #AndroidWear is from +Wayne Piekarski. Stacking notifications with the Android Wear Developer Preview is really simple—it requires only a few lines of extra notification code: Notification wearableNotification = new WearableNotifications.Builder( notificationCompatBuilder) .setGroup(“messages”) .build(); A...Show More Summary

Java Posse #452

Roundup ‘14 - Monads, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Fully formatted shownotes can always be found at Please join us for the Java Posse Roundup UK edition, in Clerkenwell, London, June 10th and 11th 2014 (Right before Devoxx UK). Show More Summary

Pretending How to Fly

I still have not worn the Oculus Rift kit and I’m certain there is a holy shit moment in my future, but this (pretty cool) video only re-enforces my concern: do I want to spend my time pretending how to fly or learning how to fly. #

Update on Disqus: It's Still About Realtime, But Go Demolishes Python

Our last article on Disqus: How Disqus Went Realtime With 165K Messages Per Second And Less Than.2 Seconds Latency, was a little out of date, but the folks at Disqus have been busy implementing, not talking, so we don't know a lot about...Show More Summary

A Lesson in Compassion

The screaming was unexpected. The field trip guide passed out over-sized plastic models of pollinators to the first graders. A beetle, a bee, a humming bird. But as the critters, passed from hand to hand, approached young Tiberius (name...Show More Summary

Very Important Strangers

A few weeks ago I spoke at the excellent re:build conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. While it was my first time in Indiana, the setup was familiar. 200+ attendees, gorgeous venue, single track, and conference coordinators who know how to put on a great conference. (And one surprisingly gorgeous building.) I was the last speaker of… More

LibreS3 Open Source Amazon S3 Implementation Released

Skylable has released LibreS3, an open source implementation of the Amazon S3 service, suitable for installing on private servers in a datacenter. LibreS3 uses Skylable SX, a "reliable, fully distributed cluster solution", on the back end for deduplication and replication. Show More Summary

Resistance Is Not to Change

In the Agile space, whether or not to do change up front is a bone of contention.  There are two extreme camps: one requiring a certain starting point (and thereby often requiring up-front change in order to follow its approach) andShow More Summary

Azure: 99.95% SQL Database SLA, 500 GB DB Size, Improved Performance Self-Service Restore, and Business Continuity

Earlier this month at the Build conference, we announced a number of great new improvements coming to SQL Databases on Azure including: an improved 99.95% SLA, support for databases up to 500GB in size, self-service restore capability,...Show More Summary

How Disqus Went Realtime with 165K Messages Per Second and Less than .2 Seconds Latency

How do you add realtime functionality to a web scale application? That's what Adam Hitchcock, a Software Engineer at Disqus talks about in an excellent talk: Making DISQUS Realtime (slides). Disqus had to take their commenting system and add realtime capabilities to it. Show More Summary

Java Posse #451

Roundup ‘14 - Effective Java 8 Fully formatted shownotes can always be found at Default Methods in Interfaces Single...Show More Summary

Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For April 25th, 2014

Hey, it's HighScalability time: New World Record BASE jumping from World's Tallest Building. #crazy 30 billion: total Pinterest pins; 500,000,000: What'sApp users (700 million photos and 100 million videos every single day); 1 billion:...Show More Summary

What Can Men Do?

It's no secret that programming is an incredibly male dominated field. Figures vary, but somewhere from 20% to 29% of currently working programmers are female. Less than 12% of Computer Science bachelor's degrees were awarded to women...Show More Summary

Percona Live 2014 behind; MySQL ahead

I started using MySQL 11 years ago.  That’s not too long compared to other people in the industry, but nonetheless here’s my perspective on the state of the MySQL industry after attending Percona Live MySQL Conference & Expo 2104. In...Show More Summary

Submit To The Central Scrutinizer - Paul M. Jones

(N.b.: I was unable to write this post without saying “ssscrrrrutinizer” out loud over and over. I blame my friend Ray Chavarie for inflicting Frank Zappa on me at an impressionable time in my life.) After finishing Uncle Bob’s excellent Clean Code recently, I have been looking at my own code in Aura v2 even more critically. Show More Summary

Three Things

I've expressed my disillusionment with to-do lists before. But let's try something simpler, a little experiment. What do you use to keep track of what you need to do? Hold it up, so I can see it. Humor me. Seriously! No no no, hold it closer, near the screen here. Show More Summary

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